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Monday October 17th, 2011

The anemic Rams' offense should get a boost from the addition of Brandon Lloyd. (Brace Hemmelgarn/US Presswire)

The Broncos and Rams set the trade deadline ball in motion Monday afternoon, agreeing to a deal that sends wide receiver Brandon Lloyd to St. Louis, in exchange for a conditional sixth-round pick. The pick can become a fifth-rounder, if Lloyd catches 30 balls over the rest of the season.

The price tag is relatively low for Lloyd, who has 18 catches for 283 yards this season and is coming off a 1,448-yard, 11-TD year.

That 2010 production came under then-Broncos head coach and current Rams offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, so Lloyd's addition to the St. Louis lineup should provide its struggling offense a boost. The Rams have scored just two touchdowns in their past three games, and their leading receiver, Brandon Gibson, has only 17 grabs on the season.

Lloyd was targeted 153 times last season in McDaniels' Denver offense, behind only Roddy White, Reggie Wayne and Larry Fitzgerald in that stat.

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For Denver, which recently made the switch from Kyle Orton to Tim Tebow at quarterback, the trade is another indication that the Broncos have turned their attention to the future.

Lloyd's contract is up after the 2011 season -- there appeared to be little chance that Denver would resign him.

St. Louis, on the other hand, figures to extend Lloyd an extension offer, assuming things don't fall apart from the get-go. Lloyd should fill the role of No. 1 receiver for the Rams, especially with Danny Amendola on injured reserve, and his presence could make Gibson, Danario Alexander and rookie Greg Salas better. The odd man out in St. Louis might be Mike Sims-Walker. The 26-year-old WR signed a one-year free-agent deal with the Rams this offseason but has been a colossal disappointment. Sims-Walker was inactive Sunday, despite being healthy, and has yet to find the end zone this season.

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